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    2014-2015 First Day of School

    What!? Yep, it’s that time again. Back-to-school time! Honestly, I don’t think I was quite ready. And neither were my kiddos. We were knee-deep into summer, and enjoying all of the lazy, fun-filled, play-date filled, marshmallow roasting days. And now I can’t believe I have kindergartener, 3rd … [Read More...]

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    2014 Omnibus

    Good morning readers! It’s that time of year again… and I’m honored to have the pleasure of announcing the iHomeschool Network 2014 Omnibus Sale! I know you’re all excited to get the deal of a lifetime, so you better speed read this post, the sale is only available from August 18-24, 2014! … [Read More...]

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    The Picture Smart Bible Giveaway

    Hi readers! I am really excited to try out a new Bible curriculum this year. It’s The Picture Smart Bible and I love the detail that they’ve put into this program and my kiddos absolutely love drawing their way through the bible! So I’m hoping this will be a great fit for us!   Disclosure: … [Read More...]

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    Big Book of homeschool Ideas

    Hey happy homeschoolers! Most of you know that I’ve been part of iHomeschool Network for some time now. And I’m always amazed at how much cool stuff they come up with. And today is no exception people. The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas is finally available! It is a gem written by 55 bloggers and is … [Read More...]

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    eMeals Kid-friendly meal plans

    Hi everyone! As most of you know, I put up a monthly meal plan for you all each month. But even I get bored with my own meals sometimes. And I was really excited to see that eMeals has put up a new kid-friendly recipe plan which is great for breakfast, lunch, and even dinner meals! And if you … [Read More...]

AUG
04
2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschooling on a Budget

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I’m back today with another helpful Homeschooling 101 post.  We’ve talked all about getting started, choosing and gathering curriculum, homeschooling through various grade levels, and today we’re talking about homeschooling on a budget.   Homeschooling is flexible in so many ways, and that includes budgetary concerns. There are many options for homeschooling on a budget. Here are some things to consider when creating a homeschooling budget: Curriculum (most likely the greatest expense) Testing Fees Printing or Copying Costs Building a Home Library School Supplies Extracurricular activities or lessons Annual State Conventions Technology Aids There are so many ways to save money and homeschool successfully. Below I’ve listed a few ideas to help get you started! Use your library Not only does the library have an expansive selection of materials, it can be successfully used to build an entire curriculum if you take the time. Along with books, … [Read more...]

AUG
03
2014

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Unit Study

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Hi everyone! I have a new Literature Unit Study and Lapbook for you today. Join us for The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Hope you enjoy!   Story Summary: Like to ask questions? Always curious about things? Then you’ll love reading all about the inquisitive Sherlock Holmes! Why does a burglar keep smashing statues? Where is the blue carbuncle? And who is the mysterious Irene Adler? Join Sherlock Holmes and his trusted friend Dr. Watson as they unravel the truth behind these stories and more! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Classic Starts version as retold from the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the … [Read more...]

JUL
30
2014

Kindergarten Dot-to-Dot Worksheets

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Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a wonderful day! Today I have some fun Kindergarten Dot-to-dot worksheets to share with you all! They of course go with my k4 Kindergarten curriculum, and if you’ve purchased the curriculum anytime AFTER 7/20/14 this file is included in your download! If you purchased prior to that date, or just want to add it to whatever you’re using currently, download it here for free and add it into your daily lessons!   Each kindergarten dot-to-dot worksheet goes along with a letter theme from my Letter of the Week program, but it’s made a little more challenging for those awesome kindergarteners out there.   Number Practice: The dot-to-dot worksheets help teach students number recognition, counting, and number order. While at the same time correlating with a letter from the alphabet so you’re working on several skills at once.   Phonics Practice: As your student completes the dot-to-dot they can then color in the image if they like, and … [Read more...]

JUL
29
2014

2014 August Monthly Meal Plan

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Say What!? Did you say “August”? O.M.G! Seriously? I had so many grand plans for summer. Being a dutiful homeschooler, I even got a bunch of curriculum to help keep my kids busy and educated. Which would’ve been nice if we’d been home to actually use it. Which we weren’t. So we didn’t. And now school’s getting ready to start. I want to know what happened to my summer? Did anyone see it? Because I blinked the other day, and I think I must’ve missed it! Anyhoo… I honestly can’t believe I’m posting this today, but yes it’s time for an August meal plan!   Download the 2014 August Monthly Meal Plan: 2014 August Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2014 August Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable) If you haven’t already used this before, you can click on any of the underlined menu items to get to the recipe. I hope this helps all you homeschooling warriors who are getting ready to head back into battle for another year! For more fun recipes, visit my Recipes Page! … [Read more...]

JUL
28
2014

Our Curriculum Choices: 2014-2015

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Hi everyone, it’s that time of year again! And I’ve been getting tons of emails asking what we’ll be using for our 2014-2015 school year! So without further ado, here are our curriculum choices for the 2014-2015 school year.   Teeny Tot: Kindergarten Daily Learning Notebook: I'm mixing pages from my elementary and preschool notebook this year so she can write her own calendar numbers. Art: World’s Greatest Artists 2 and See the Light Art DVDs Phonics/Reading:  K4 Curriculum, Abeka K5 Letters & Sounds, Phonics Road Level 1 (A new product we’re reviewing!) Logical Thinking: Abeka K5 Think and Learn Math: Math U See Primer & Spielgaben Bible: Picture Smart Bible (Trying new this year), Grapevine Traceable Units P.E.: Family Time Fitness Other: We will be doing The Middle Ages by Homeschool in the Woods this year, and the Teeny Tot will be participating in the fun crafts and activities that go along with that, though she won’t be expected to do any … [Read more...]

JUL
27
2014

The Three Musketeers Unit Study

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Hi everyone! I have a great classic literature unit study for you today. It’s The Three Musketeers! This is an exciting tale that you won’t want to miss!   Story Summary: The Three Musketeers is full of action, intrigue, and suspense! Follow the story of D’Artagnan, a young nobleman, seeking adventures. He comes upon some new friends and they join up to defend their queen and king against the schemes of their rival, the Cardinal. Follow the Musketeers as they find adventure, sword fights, and life long friends! This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the The Three Musketeers Classic Starts version as retold from the Alexandre Dumas original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the … [Read more...]

JUL
23
2014

One Pan Pasta Dinner

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Hi all! If you know anything about me by now, you know that I’m not a professional chef. I’m a busy mama of four and I don’t have time to dilly dally around in the kitchen everyday! That means when I hear something like “easy recipes”, “5 ingredient meal”, or ‘one pan’… well let’s just say you had me at “one pan”! So today I have a one pan pasta dish for all of you busy parents out there!   So if you have about 15 minutes to spare, then stick with me people and you’ll also have dinner ready too!   One Pan Pasta: 12 ounces linguine 12 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered if large 1/2 onion, thinly sliced (Or finely diced if you’re trying to hide them from your children.) 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced or minced 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes 3 sprigs basil, plus torn leaves for garnish 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 5 cups water 6 oz. tomato sauce … [Read more...]

JUL
22
2014

Affiliate Love…

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Hi everyone! I wanted to take some time today to share some of my favorite companies with you. These products are some that we personally endorse and use in our homeschooling.   I think you should know, that I’m fairly picky on what we use. And even more so with what I will recommend to you! For that reason, I only review/giveaway products that we have enjoyed in our home and want to share with you too! So today is dedicated to the awesome companies that have supported Confessions and have a special place in our hearts!   Our Favorites:   All About Learning Press has both reading and spelling products available which we love! All About Spelling teaches encoding skills, spelling rules, and multisensory strategies to help your student become a proficient speller! All About Reading is a complete program teaching phonics, decoding, fluency, and comprehension in a fun and engaging way.       What’s in the Bible? are a series of fun DVDs that … [Read more...]

JUL
21
2014

Homeschooling 101: High School

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I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling through highschool.   Homeschooling through the upper grades can be an overwhelming and intimidating thought that can create alarm in some of the most relaxed homeschooling parents. So I wanted to start off this post by encouraging you. YOU CAN DO IT! Aside from the academics required, your primary goal is to prepare your student for their adult life. Homeschooling can help continue to build a bond with your student, and cement your relationship during a tumultuous time in their lives. Having a parent they can count on for training and sound advice will have eternal rewards when it comes to their future. Homeschooling through high school can also allow students to experience more things without the confinements of a classroom setting. You’re free to get out and actually participate in various things that interest them, along with learning in a more hands-on fashion. You … [Read more...]

JUL
20
2014

Heidi Unit Study

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Hi everyone! Looking for some fun summer reading to keep your kiddos from being bored? Heidi is a wonderful story for all to enjoy!   Story Summary: Meet Heidi, the spunky young lady who lives with her grandfather in the open air and sunshine of the Swiss Alps. But it’s not all fun and games as her Aunt decides she needs to move to another home to better her education. But the optimistic Heidi manages to enjoy her time there and make some life long friends before returning to her first love, the home in the mountains. This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Heidi Classic Starts version as retold from the Jules Verne original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the units using … [Read more...]